Journal of the Molly B .com
Welcome to the condensed, on line version, of the journal of my boat building project.
The building portion of this project is now complete! We are in the water and starting
a new chapter. You can follow us on our blog: http://buildingthemollyb.blogspot.com/
Hope to see you there.
The combined addition which contains volumes 1 thru 4 all in one book is also on the street! This is 544 pages of my personal journal of how I built the Molly B with hundreds and hundreds of pictures. Just click on the picture of my journal to the left and you will be redirected to my bookstore where it is available for purchase.
Volume IV of my Journal is now on the street!
You can take a tour of my on line journal and monitor my construction progress by using the "Boat Yard" link or use the "Site Map" link to go directly to a specific page or subject.
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For a Much More detailed printed version of my journal, order below.
I have been looking at boats for many years, motor sailors, houseboats, and trawlers. I decided I wanted to build one, so I started by doing a lot of research on the subject. I think I have purchased every book on the subject I could find. After several years of research, I decided I wanted to build a Trawler. I started looking for plans and found a couple available from Glen-L. I ordered two different sets of plans, one for a 42 footer called the Argosy, and one for a 35 footer called the Yukon. I liked the plan view of the Argosy but I didn't care for the hull design. The Yukon was a little smaller than I wanted and I didn't like the layout of the plan view. I finally decided to use the Yukon plans for the hull, and stretch them to about 40 feet then change the floor plan to that of the Argosy and put it onto the hull of the Yukon. To the left above is a picture of what I hope my project will end up looking like when I'm done, with a few changes . This is the Pacific Trawler 40 from the front cover of Passage Maker Magazine, Oct. 2002.
The written Journals of the Molly B are my personal diary of the building of my dream. The building of a boat is a simple idea but in practice is a labor of love, which exceeds all expectations. The task is at times an overwhelming undertaking, which is reminiscent of the insignificance one feels in the middle of the vast and seemingly endless expanse of water, called the ocean, you feel so small and so alone. You at times feel as though it is an impossible task. Without the knowledge or experience, to solve the many problems that arise as you proceed along your course toward the completion of your vessel, you are constantly reminded of your shortcomings. You search the written materials for the answers and surf the World Wide Web for endless hours looking for the information you so desperately need. You join bulletin boards and chat groups, and ask the so-called “experts” about things, sometimes, only to get an arrogant belittling discourse on the futility of your undertaking without the residency of a Naval Architect. Trust me, the answers are out there, you just have to find them.
In reading my written journals, you may get the feeling of my frustrations over many of the problems I have encountered, However most of the time the problem is nothing more than the making of a decision on whether to do this or that. Trying to determine the ramifications of doing one thing or another is I think the hardest part of the process. It is kind of like playing a game of chess. You have to think way ahead of what you are doing at the time and try to understand how what you are doing is going to affect what you will need to do later on or the performance of the vessel.
The Building of a Dream - Vol. I
You can purchase a detailed printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B " Volume I, by simply clicking on the cover picture to the left. Volume I contains 152 pages with 396 photographs, each with a detailed personal explanation of how I did it and covers construction from conception to the turning of the hull.
Volume II of my journal is now available. You can purchase a printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B" Volume II by clicking on the cover picture to the left. It took a long time, just like the actual building of my boat, but it is finally in print. Volume II is 153 pages with over 450 pictures and drawings depicting how I did it. Volume II gets into the more complicated aspects of boat building from a bare hull all the way through engine and drive shaft installation. Like volume I, volume II is a step by step detailed narrative of how and why I did it along with at least one photo or drawing for each step along the way.
The Building of a Dream - Vol. III
Volume III of my journal is now available. You can purchase a printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B" Volume III by clicking the cover picture to the left. This volume really took a long time but it is finally in print. Volume III is 151 pages of detailed explanations of how I did it along with hundreds of pictures accompanying the text. This volume takes you up to the current point in the construction of the Molly B. The launch day is getting closer but it looks like there will be another volume before that day arrives. All I have left to do now is the finish work on the inside of the boat and it will be ready for the launch.
The Building of a Dream - Vol. IV
Volume IV of my journal is now available! You can purchase a printed copy of "The Building of a Dream -- Journal of the Molly B" Volume IV by clicking the cover picture to the left. It took a long time, a lot longer than I thought it would but I have finally completed the construction of the Molly B. This is the last in a series of journals covering the construction of a 43 ' trawler in the back yard. Quite a project and one that I didn't think I would ever complete at times. This is a 100 page journal covering the final construction steps all the way to the launch.